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Chester Kamin

Chester Kamin

Chester T. Kamin is counsel at the Chicago-based law firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where for forty-five years he had a business trial practice. He acted as lead counsel in many significant trials and appeals, including the landmark antitrust case of MCI Communications Corp. v. American Telephone & Telegraph Company, which resulted in a substantial jury verdict and led to the break-up of AT&T.

Kamin has been active in public service, serving as Special Counsel to the Governor of Illinois and Commissioner of the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. He has held leadership positions in bar associations at the national, state and local levels and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Law School in the fields of antitrust and telecommunications and as a member of the Law School’s Visiting Committee. He has written numerous articles and lectured in a variety of continuing legal educational programs.

Kamin currently serves on the Lyric Opera Guild Board and the board of Lyric's Ryan Opera Center. He was board chair of Sherwood Conservatory of Music before its merger into Columbia College Chicago.

His cultural and avocational interests include music, drama and the visual arts, figure skating, Pilates, and hiking.

Kamin holds an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a contributor to the Law Review. He is married to Nancy Schaefer, also a lawyer. The couple reside in the South Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and have two adult children and three grandchildren.